The iPad mini with Retina Display is now available in Malaysia via the Apple Online Store. The highly-awaited tablet is now available from RM1279. The release of the smaller iPad comes just 24 hours after the new iPad Air was made available in Malaysia via various outlets.
Announced back in October, the new iPad mini with Retina Display pushes the smaller iPad firmly to flagship status, featuring the latest A7 64-bit processor and, more importantly, fitting a Retina Display onto the 7.9-inch display – a feature many had been clamouring for.
Currently, the new iPad mini with Retina Display is only available at the Apple Online Store, with the pricing as follows:
- 16GB: RM1279
- 32GB: RM1599
- 64GB: RM1929
- 128GB: RM2249
WiFi + LTE:
- 16GB: RM1699
- 32GB: RM2029
- 64GB: RM2349
- 128GB: RM2679
Apple is promising delivery times between 5-7 business days for the iPad Mini Retina. At the time of writing, none of the major telcos have announced any plans for the iPad mini with Retina Display yet, although Maxis have released a teaser for the tablet with a “Coming Soon” tag.
Head on to the Apple Online Store now to find out more.
Google’s latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5, was widely criticized for sporting a decidedly inferior camera, making it a dealbreaker for many looking to purchase one of the best Android smartphones in the market today. Google promised that the Nexus 5′s camera deficiencies were mainly a software issue, and they were working on improving the camera experience. With the latest Android 4.4.1 update, released earlier today for the Nexus 5 and soon to the Nexus 4 and 7 LTE, it appears Google is delivering on that promise.
The 4.4.1 release is primarily aimed at improving the all-round performance of the 8MP camera on the Nexus 5. With the new update installed, the camera not only launches more quickly, but autofocus, white balance and shutter lag has all been significantly improved, while images will also appear with greater colour saturation. The HDR+ mode now also allows for pinch-to-zoom gestures.
As mentioned earlier, two other Nexus devices, namely the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE, will also be receiving the latest Android update. However, given that the update primarily improves on the Nexus 5′s camera, users on the other two devices will only be seeing the usual bug fixes and tweaks.
The OTA update for the Nexus 5 has already been rolled out, with the Nexus 4 and 7 to follow shortly. You can also download the firrmware from the source link below.
Android 4.4 KitKat may have only been around for about a month or so but it looks like 1.1% of active Android devices out there are already running on this latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system. The statics have just been published on Google’s latest OS dashboard for developers that breaks down everything to help developers know what level of the Android SDK to target with app releases.
That’s not the only version that is growing though, according to the latest stats from the dashboard, the number of devices running on Jelly Bean has been increasing rather rapidly too, up 54.5% compared to 52.1% last month. While majority of devices are still running on 4.1.x (37.4%), the biggest change this month is Android 4.3, up to 4.2% from 2.3%.
Still running on an older version of Android or just received Android 4.3? Don’t worry though, Android 4.4 update for some of the latest devices in the market should be on their way; Sony has confirmed that Android 4.4 for their latest devices will be released early next year, some HTC One should already have the latest update with Sense 5.5, and according to rumors, Samsung’s Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S4 and Note III should arrive in January 2014. Find out more about the statistics over at Google.
Released to the public in October, the Windows 8.1 or previously codenamed “Window Blue” is considered as one of the major post-release milestone for the operating system. So, what’s next? Well then, say hello to the “Threshold” which is said to be the code name for the next major set of updates for Windows.
Interestingly, Threshold (named after a planet in Halo universe) is said to cover three main Windows NT-based products which include Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One OS. The exact details of the updates that will be included into Threshold are not yet known at the time being but it apparently will bring the three OS closer together through the support of the same set of “high value activities” across all three OS.
However, there is still a long way to go before consumers get to see Threshold in action as it is scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Before that takes place, Windows 8.1 users will first see the release of Update 1 for their OS which will be out in Q2 2014 alongside “Windows Phone Blue” a.k.a the Windows Phone 8.1.
Nevertheless, it is good to know that Microsoft is not sitting on their laurels after releasing Windows 8.1 to the market. Additionally, Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox One users will soon have plenty of things to see and share with each other.
Things seem to have evened out over at BlackBerry HQ after the departure of former CEO Thorsten Heins as well as some key members of the organisation. BlackBerry’s new CEO John Chen is confident that BlackBerry is here to stay and today issued an open letter to all their valued enterprise customers. In that letter, Chen said that BlackBerry would return to their heritage and roots – delivering enterprise grade, end-to-end mobile solutions and won’t be ditching hardware, keeping it as one of four target areas along with cross-platform messaging.
Question is, what about the consumers who are not enterprise customers? What loyal BlackBerry users expect from BB10 and 2014? Hopefully what John Chen says is right and 2014 is indeed the year to show that BlackBerry is here to stay. They better hurry though, it looks like Microsoft is getting very comfortable in that 3rd place…
Last week, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google wrote an article in his Google+ page teaching users how to switch to Android from an iPhone. He mentioned that that many of his iPhone friends are converting to an Android and how an iPhone will switch to Android and “never switch back” but it looks like his theory might not apply for tablet users. Over Black Friday last week in the U.S., both the iPad mini and iPad Air were the top sellers in Walmart and Target and 40% of the buyers were Android smartphone users.
According to a survey done on 125,000 shoppers, the 16GB iPad mini was top seller at Walmart, 16GB iPad Air at Target, and 32GB Microsoft Surface RT at Best Buy. But not everyone goes after the latest and greatest, the 2nd hottest item in Best Buy is the 16GB iPad 2 followed by the 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire. The breakdown of the top 5 spots on the 3 stores are as shown in the image above.
According to InfoScout who did the survey, those using an Android smartphone made 40% of the Apple iPad buyers. Could it be because iOS is a better operating system for a tablet form factor compared to Android? More information about the survey available in InfoScout.
Speaking of iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini, it looks like they might arrive in our shores as early as this Thursday, 5 December 2013. senQ’s Facebook page just teased a “best year end gift for you or your loved one” that will be arriving on the said date, the latest Apple iPad perhaps?
Google’s latest iteration of its mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, saw the company shedding some pounds off the world’s most-used mobile operating system and allow it to run better on slower hardware. Google claims Android 4.4 will run on as little as 512MB of RAM – a quarter of the RAM contained in most flagship smartphones today.
In an interview with Dave Burke, Google’s head of engineering for Android, ReadWrite was told of how Google focused on optimizing memory usage for Android. This became known internally as Project Svelte, which came after the Android team released Android 4.1, where the primary goal was Project Butter – achieving a consistent 60fps frame rate for animations.
The LG Nexus 5, the first Android device to run on Android 4.4 KitKat
Project Svelte was crucial for Google, because allowing the latest version of Android to run on slower – and more importantly older – hardware will go some way to reducing the notorious fragmentation issue that has plagued Android for some time now. To test Project Svelte, Google’s engineers all used throttled down Nexus 4 smartphones, which had a reduced resolution of 960 x 540, and only using two of the four CPU cores at a reduced clock speed, ensuring that the engineers experienced how the operating system would feel like to a user running on an entry-level device.
The result was seen in Android 4.4, which has several features that happen behind the scenes to optimize the system, such as the decoupling of Google Apps from the OS to reduce the platform’s footprint, and the automatic killing of apps which hog too much memory for too long.
In addition to finally releasing the first Jolla smartphone, Finnish startups Jolla have also uploaded an extensive user guide on its website. The guide, which is also bundled in with every purchase of the Jolla device, offers not just a glimpse, but a thorough walkthrough of using the device, and navigating on the new Sailfish operating system.
The Jolla user guide, which can be found here, details virtually every unique feature of the Sailfish operating system, from basic navigation using swipe gestures to personalising the Jolla phone with the Ambience feature. Those who are already familiar with MeeGo-Harmattan on the Nokia N9 should already be at home with the buttonless setup of Sailfish, but the guide should be very useful for those who aren’t. There are surprises contained in the guide too, such as the inclusion of a “remorse timer”, that lets you undo certain actions such as when you accidentally delete a picture.
In addition, the user guide also details the functions of the Other Half, Jolla’s take on the interchangeable back covers. Given that each Other Half connects not only physically, but also electronically to the phone, users can actually create unique Ambiences that can be triggered by snapping the Other Half to the device. The guide does not, however, mention anything about other Other Halves that feature different functions that further utilise the I2C connectivity. Nevertheless, these Ambiences are downloaded from the Jolla Store, which is also explained in detail in the user guide.
To check out the Jolla user guide, or to find out how the Sailfish user interface is like, head on to the source link below. Alternatively, see the operating system in action in the video above.